serious medical conditions Serious medical conditions

Serious conditions such as heart problems and cancer are ranked fairly highly as causes of long-term sickness absence. While incidence of these conditions may be lower than back pain or stress, their complexity, combined with recovery, means that they represent a large share of the total working time lost.


This section has been compiled to help you understand about serious medical conditions and manage the implications for your employees and your business.

Better health in a heartbeat

By following a few simple steps, your employees can help protect their heart, and live a healthier life.

Cancer guidance for employers

Finding out that you or a loved one has cancer is devastating enough without worrying about how your boss is going to react.

Interactive cancer tool

This guide is designed to give you an understanding of the common types of cancer that affect most people in the UK.

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    Absence and workplace health survey 2011. CBI. Date accessed 6 September 2011.

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